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Alcohol Use Disorder Linked to Early Death

4 Problems Alcohol Seems to Help (But Really Makes Worse)

Posted on September 4th, 2014

By Meghan Vivo

For 30 years running, Americans have dedicated about $1 for every $100 we spend to booze. Rich or poor, in good economic times or bad, we find a way to cough up the cash for alcohol. That’s because from sleep to stress, many believe there’s nothing a little alcohol can’t cure.

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Variety of Social Connections Helps Problem Drinkers

People Who Drink to Relieve Craving, Lift Mood Headed Down Path to Alcoholism

Posted on September 3rd, 2014

Tens of millions of people in the U.S. are both alcohol consumers and cigarette smokers. Millions of Americans also have simultaneous problems with alcohol use disorder (alcohol abuse/alcoholism) and nicotine addiction. Both drinking and smoking can contribute to an increase in negative emotional states such as depression and anxiety. In a study published in July 2014 in the journal Addictive Behaviors, researchers from the University of California, Los Angeles assessed the relative impact of alcohol use and cigarette use on negative mood changes. These researchers concluded that the key factor in these mood changes is alcohol craving.

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Stress Often to Blame for Alcohol Use Disorder

Alcohol Overdose Can Happen Fast

Posted on September 2nd, 2014

According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, moderate drinking is defined as no more than one drink a day for females or two drinks a day for males. Few American drinkers consume alcohol in a way that shows they are aware of such guidelines. Everything from happy-hour specials to peer pressure makes it easy to overdrink without intending to do so. And it’s possible to overdose on alcohol, which can be dangerous and even fatal.

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7 Tips for Staying Positive in Recovery

Reasons to Volunteer During Recovery

Posted on September 1st, 2014

Volunteering is a wonderful way to support your recovery from addiction. After completing an intensive program of addiction treatment you may feel invigorated and ready to take on the world. It could also be that you feel lost and unsure what to do next. Many people find themselves without purpose post-rehab. For a long time your reason for getting up each day was to get high or drunk. Now you need a new purpose. For this and many other reasons, you might want to consider devoting some of your time to volunteer work.

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Motivational Speaking as a Recovering Addict

Posted on September 1st, 2014

As an addict in recovery you have been through a major life struggle. You lived with your addiction. You forced yourself to realize the problem you had with drugs or alcohol. And finally you accepted offers of help and made it through a rehab program to get sober and learn how to stay sober. You may feel like you have a lot of life experiences from which others could learn. Have you considered volunteering your time and talents to be a motivational speaker for others who need help? There are many reasons to speak up about what you have been through, including helping yourself and others.

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Which People Have Highest Odds of Quitting Drinking?

Improve Your Willpower to Avoid Relapse

Posted on August 31st, 2014

As an addict in recovery you know that addiction is far more complicated than a failure of willpower. Drugs and alcohol cause chemical changes in your brain that encourage you to use them repeatedly. With more use come more alterations to the brain. These leave you nearly helpless in your attempts to stop using. However, once you have sought professional help and stopped using, you still face the possibility of relapse. Many factors come into play when you try to resist using again and one very important factor is your own willpower. You can improve your willpower to help you avoid relapsing.

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Understanding Cognitive Behavioral Therapy - Part 1

Why Me?

Posted on August 30th, 2014

by Carolyn Hughes

There are times when life brings disappointment, adversity and tragedy, and when it does “Why me?” is a natural question to ask. But if “Why me?” has become a regular feature of your thinking, then you could be living with a victim mentality.

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Addiction Affects Everyone

How to Talk to Your Addicted Loved One

Posted on August 30th, 2014

If you have a loved one who is addicted to drugs or alcohol, you know how challenging it is to talk to that person. When you try to confront him about his problem you may encounter any number of deflecting techniques: avoidance, anger, guilt, aggression or anything else that prevents you from having a serious and productive conversation. Talking to an addict requires patience, good planning, honesty and sometimes the assistance of a professional. If you need to confront your loved one about his addiction, here are some tips to get you started:

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Binge Drinking Reduces Impulse Control, Increases Risky Sex Behavior

How Do Relationships Influence Young Adults’ Risks for Alcohol Problems?

Posted on August 29th, 2014

In the U.S., young adulthood is associated with high rates of alcohol consumption, as well as high rates of alcohol-related harm. While men drink more often than women, women also have significant risks for such problems. In a study published in July 2014 in the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, researchers from two American universities used information from a long-term project called the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health to determine how the drinking behaviors of a young adult’s partner in a relationship influence his or her odds of developing alcohol problems a few years later.

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Why Holistic Treatment Should be Considered When Choosing a Rehab Facility

Get Back to Nature to Support Recovery

Posted on August 28th, 2014

Being outside and enjoying nature have great restorative powers. You don’t have to take a weeks-long wilderness adventure to reap the benefits that the great outdoors offers. Simply spending time in a park or working in front of a window with a view of a green space can work wonders for your mind, lower stress and help your recovery. As you work through your recovery and toward the ability to resist cravings and the urge to relapse, make nature a part of your process.

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Aerobic Exercise Boosts Alcoholism Treatment

Helpful Tip: Include Exercise in Your Recovery

Posted on August 27th, 2014

It seems like a simple idea, and maybe like an unnecessary thing to worry about when you have bigger issues to deal with, but exercise could be very important to your recovery from addiction. Some of the latest research into addiction treatment indicates that healthy lifestyle changes can help recovering addicts resist the urge to relapse. Furthermore, exercise as one of those changes can give you a natural high to replace the artificial one you have been chasing. These are just two of the many reasons to include some kind of exercise in your recovery program.

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How Addiction Impacts the Family

Stop Playing the Addiction Blame Game

Posted on August 27th, 2014

Addicts often blame everyone but themselves. To admit having a problem and then taking responsibility for it are both very difficult to do. The truth is that attitude is very important when it comes to addiction recovery and blaming external sources for problems is counterproductive to successful sobriety. Blame never leads to real change. It is simply a way to remove responsibility and complain about a situation without confronting the challenges ahead. For addicts, the blame game is one that desperately needs to be overcome if healing is to happen.

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How to Help Your Kids Understand Addiction

Posted on August 26th, 2014

For children, the concept of addiction as a disease is a tough one. In fact, it’s not always easy for adults to understand either. As a parent it is your job to talk to your kids about addiction if someone in their lives has a substance abuse problem. Whether it is a parent, a sibling or a more distant relative, you have to help your kids try to make sense of what seems so difficult to understand. Start a discussion about addiction at a level that is age-appropriate and then make sure your kids have the necessary coping strategies to deal with having an addict in the family.

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How Does Family History Impact Risk for Drinking Problems?

Posted on August 25th, 2014

All professionals who deal with alcohol-related issues know that a family history of diagnosable alcohol problems can significantly increase a person’s chances of developing his or her own pattern of problematic drinking. However, researchers are still exploring the ways in which such a history manifests in the present. In a study published in July 2014 in the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, a team of U.S. researchers used measurements of situations in which people will consider buying alcohol to uncover some of the dysfunctional, alcohol-related behaviors that can pass through generations of families affected by alcohol abuse and/or alcoholism.

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What Are the Key Characteristics of Daily Marijuana Users?

What Are the Key Characteristics of Daily Marijuana Users?

Posted on August 23rd, 2014

Anyone who uses marijuana has a significant chance of developing a diagnosable case of marijuana addiction (known technically as cannabis use disorder). As a rule, the risks for addiction rise sharply in people who use the drug every day or almost every day. In a study scheduled for publication in October 2014 in the journal Addictive Behaviors, researchers from two U.S. universities sought to determine if daily marijuana users have certain uniting characteristics. These researchers concluded that habitual users of the drug typically have a few core characteristics in common.

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